Microsoft Office 2001 Macintosh Edition Microsoft Announces New Features for Mac Users – Stories

REDMOND,Wash。

June15,2000Microsofttodayunderscoreditslong-termcommitmenttoMacintoshusersbyannouncingseveralinnovativenewfeatures,includedintheupcomingreleaseofMicrosoftOffice2001MacintoshEdition,thatwillmaketheapplicationseasiertouseandhelpMacintoshusersincreasetheirproductivity。

AnApplecustomerisaMicrosoftcustomer,

saidIrvingKwong,productmanagerinMicrosoftsMacintoshBusinessUnit。

Withthatinmind,wevestrivedtomakeMicrosoftsproductscomplementApplesproductswiththeendgoalofcreatingareallygreatcomputingexperienceforMacintoshusers。

Scheduledforreleaselaterthisyear,thenewsuiteintroducesnewfeaturesandtoolsdesignedtohelpMacintoshuserssimplifytasksinMicrosoftExcel,WordandPowerPoint2001。

ThenewsuitefulfillstheeverydaycomputingneedsofMacintoshcustomersbyofferingunsurpassedcompatibilityandfeaturesthatappearfirstontheMacintoshplatform,

Kwongsaid。

Thissuiteofapplicationsisdesignedtoincreaseproductivityfortheuser。

Wethoughttherewasplentyofroomtoinnovateinproductivityapplications,whichwevemadesimplertouseandtolearn。

Newfeatures,liketheProjectGallery,aregoingtomakeitasnapforpeopletogetstartedontheirprojects,whileListToolswillmakelistmanagementsimple。

ListTools,includedinExcel2001,anticipatestheusersintentiontocreatealistandautomaticallyofferstoconvertrelevantcellsintoamanageableandsortablelist。

Italsoaddressesthecommonproblemofheadersnotbeingpersistentasalistisprintedorscrolledonamonitor。

ListToolskeepslistheadersatthetopofthescreenorpageasauserscrollsthroughadocumentorprintsamultiple-pagelist。

ProjectGalleryprovidesacommonstartingpointforeachOffice2001application。

ItalsooffersacentralaccesspointfornewcustomizabletemplatesandwizardsforanyOfficeapplication,enablinguserstoeasilybrowsedocumentsamplessuchasbusinesscards,greetingcardsandcalendars。

Projectsareorganizedinuser-friendlyfoldersthat,onceselected,expandtolargepreviewicons,makingiteasytofindandviewtherightdocument。

AsaresultofMacintoshcustomer-specificresearchshowingthatcurrentapplicationsareoverlycomplexandfeaturesaretoodifficulttofind,learnanduse,MicrosoftredesignedOffice2001featurestomirrorthewaysinwhichMacintoshusersareusingMicrosoftExcel,WordandPowerPointtoaccomplisheverydaytasks。

Bothnewandpre-existingfeatureshavebeensimplified,accordingtoKwong,andmademoreintuitiveandlesscumbersome。

ItsafactthatthepromiseoftheMacintoshhasalwaysbeensimplicity,

Kwongsaid。

Firstandforemost,thatsexactlywhatweredeliveringinOffice2001。

Fromstarttofinish,theconceptofsimplicityisembracedthroughoutthesuiteofapplications。

Color-richcustomizabletemplatesandwizards,forexample,willhelpusersquicklystartandcompleteprofessional-lookingdocumentssuchascatalogs,photoalbums,newslettersandgreetingcards。

AndtheFormattingPalettesimplifiescommontasksbyadaptingandshowingtheappropriatetoolsforaparticularjobasauserworksondifferentpartsofadocument,liberatingtheuserfromhavingtosearchforcommandsontoolbarsanddrop-downmenus。

Office2001alsointroducesupdatedgraphicfeatures。

ImageEffectswillallowuserstomakeaphotographlookasifitweresketchedincharcoal,orappearasamosaicbyusingthepowerfulPictureEffectsfilterthatcan,withtheclickofabutton,changetheentirelookofanimage。

PowerPointMoviescanbeviewedbyanyonewiththeQuickTimeplayerinstalledregardlessofwhethertheyareusingaMacintoshorhavePowerPoint2001。

OnefeaturethatdevelopersexpectuserstobeverypleasedwithistheClick-n-Type,whichallowsuserstoinserttextintoadocumentbysimplydouble-clickingwheretheywanttotype,eliminatingthetime-consumingandcumbersomenatureofinsertingtext,tablesandgraphicsinexactlocationsinordertocreateprofessional-lookingdocuments。

Thisfeaturemakesiteasytocenter-aligntitles,createindentedparagraphs,orcreateasinglelinewithtextindifferentplaces,saidKwong,byshowinguserswhatformattingwillbeappliedthroughsimplecursorhintingandtheautomaticapplicationofappropriateformatting,suchasextralines,tabs,alignmentandtextwrapping。

AccordingtoKwong,MicrosoftscommitmenttoMacintoshusersisnothingnew。

Asfarbackas1983,MicrosofthasbeendevelopingapplicationsfortheMacintosh,includingnumerousreleasesofMicrosoftExcel,WordandOffice。

WewerealeadingdeveloperofapplicationsfortheMacintoshbackthen,andwerealeadingdevelopernow,

Kwongnoted。

Anditsnosurprise,saidKwong,thatMicrosofthaswonnumerousawardsforitsdevelopmentofMacintosh-specificapplicationsincludingbest-of-showawardsateveryMacworldExposince1998。

Microsoftstrivestomeettheneedsofitscustomersworldwide,

hesaid。

TheproofofthisistheexistenceoftheMacintoshBusinessUnit。

Dayinanddayout,weeatandbreathetheMacintosh。

AllourproductsarebuiltfromthegroundupfortheMacintoshandwithMacintoshtools。


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